Just started on this one after seeing the stage play:
Pulitzer Prize winning author Diane McWhorten has written one of the best books ever produced on the American civil rights movement. Twenty years in research, McWhorten, who is now a columnist for the New York Times, writes from the perspective of a white and priviledged teenager growing up in Birmingham Alabama during the hey day of the Ku Klux Klan and the 1963 Birmingham race riots. Her own father was connected to the Klan and she painstakingly interviews both sides of the conflict and exposes both the positives and negatives of civil rights luminaries. This is one of the few serious civil rights works done by a white author.